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A somber and strik­ing drama about fa­thers and sons that takes some wrong turns, but fea­tures a charis­matic per­for­mance from Ryan Gosling.The drama un­folds in three sec­tions set over 15 years. Its weak­ness is that while the events fol­low in plot terms, they don’t achieve the smoothest flow. ★★★ Peeples: Craig Robin­son and Kerry Wash­ing­ton star in this Tyler Per­rypro­duced film about a man meet­ing his girl­friend’s par­ents dur­ing a fam­ily get-to­gether gone awry. ★★★ Scary Movie 5: Spoofing movies rang­ing from Black Swan to Mama to Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity, this in­stal­ment of the fran­chise is painfully un­funny, and no­table only for its cameos from Char­lie Sheen and Lind­say Lo­han. ★

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The Wolver­ine: Hugh Jack­man takes his mu­tant to Ja­pan in di­rec­tor James Man­gold’s X-Men spinoff, which di­als back the city-raz­ing com­put­er­gen­er­ated may­hem in favour of more grounded ac­tion. But, as a fol­low-up of sorts to an ori­gin story spun off from a tril­ogy, it’s hardly a game-changer, as Jack­man’s mu­tant finds him­self wrestling with his in­ner demons and a cav­al­cade of nin­jas. ★★★ The Place Be­yond the Pines:

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